Last weekend I enjoyed the debut of the comedy “Horrible Bosses,” in theaters now. The film pits three friends, portrayed by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, against their horrible bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell.
Now, good humor, it seems, often is rated R these days. I’m not sure why that is. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t believe raunchier always is better.
In fact, this film reviewer has yet to see “Bridesmaids” or “The Hangover 2” in fear of that trend that continues to push the envelope.
Potty humor is what I call it, and while films like “Due Date” and “Hot Tub Time Machine” sparkled with hidden, priceless gems, as a whole, each went a little too far for my personal taste.
I hope you aren’t out there booing me.
Obviously, the trend didn’t stop me from watching “Horrible Bosses,” which follows three men who devise a scheme to murder each other’s bosses. So, let’s discuss the good, the bad and the horrible.
• Chemistry — This cast, which includes Jamie Foxx as a murder consultant for the three disgruntled employees, had near-perfect chemistry.
• Surprises — Jennifer Aniston creates a hostile work environment as a naughty dentist. She’s like a stealth missile — right on target and I don’t think anyone saw her coming. Likewise, casting Colin Farrell as a balding coke fiend was pure genius. Who knew he could be so funny? More please! I’m still quoting him as he inappropriately referred to a disabled man in a wheel chair as Professor Xavier in his “special chair.”
So, that was the good. The bad? The horrible? I got nothin’ ’cause I’m a fan! Just remember, it is rated R. There’s bad language and adult situations.
But, here is a special bonus for my print readers. These are my top 12 favorite comedies of all time.
11. “Napoleon Dynamite”
9. “Meet the Parents”
8. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
7. “What’s Up, Doc?”
6. “As Good As It Gets”
5. “The Gods Must Be Crazy”
4. “Stranger Than Fiction”
3. “The Princess Bride”
2. “Hot Fuzz”
1. “Death at a Funeral”